By Erica Seifried
Hello y'all! It's been about a month since I journeyed north to Walpole Valley Farms, and already I've learned so much and had so many new experiences.
Back home, before I left, when I told friends and family I would be working on a farm in New Hampshire, I typically got 1 of 2 responses.
1) It's so cold up there! -Commence winter horror stories-
2) What type of farm is it? What are you going to be doing?
To the first, I would respond, yes, but I'm not going to be there through the heart of winter. I'm hoping that in the summer it will be cooler. And so far, it has been.
To the second, I would give a vague response of: taking care of animals. I had no idea what I would be really doing on the farm. All I knew was that they had livestock, and my job would be working with them.
Well, after a month things have begun to fall into a routine, and I feel confident that when I go back and I get the same question, I can actually answer them this time. Yes, I am taking care of animals. But what does that mean?
It means that every morning we do chores. We feed our various types of chickens, ranging from little baby chicks to full grown chickens. Every afternoon we do chores as well, which is similar to the morning, except we also collect eggs.
Almost every day I spend time cleaning and sorting eggs. There is time spent setting up cow fencing and visiting the pigs to give them some leftovers. And almost every day there is something new to learn and experience.
This week we also began our chicken harvest, and with movie nights starting next week, I'm sure my days will get busier! But so far I'm enjoying learning more about our cows, chickens, pigs, and turkeys, and learning how to farm sustainably.